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Here’s Your Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ Album Cover and Track Listing

Here’s Your Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ Album Cover and Track Listing

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Here's a special Wednesday edition of Album Cover of the Week. It's the cover for Clockwork Angels, the upcoming studio album from Rush. It's their first studio LP since 2007's Snakes & Arrows. Behold! The press release doesn't say who designed the cover, but I'm guessing it was Hugh Syme again. It reminds me of that old internet game Alchemy. And wouldn't you know it, but according to the press release this will be a concept album that "chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams.  The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life." Well OK then. Sounds like it could be cool, or it could be a mess...
Album cover of the week: Moving Pictures

Album cover of the week: Moving Pictures

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Next month marks the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures, one of the great albums of the '80s and - according to many fans - Rush's greatest achievement.  In addition to being packed from start to finish with all-time classics like "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight", Moving Pictures is best remembered for its covert art.  It's visually striking and showcases the band's dry sense of humor (sorry Canadians, humour). Art direction and graphic design credits go to Hugh Syme, longtime Rush collaborator.  Syme has designed the cover for every Rush album since 1975's Caress of Steel, and this is one of his high water marks.  On the most obvious level we've got movers carrying three pictures - Joan of Arc on the left, one of C.M. Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker paintings in the middle, and of cours...
Gray Flannel Mixtape: The mellow side of prog

Gray Flannel Mixtape: The mellow side of prog

Music
To no one's surprise, last year's round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees included not one progressive rock act.  This despite the millions of albums sold, the countless musicians inspired, and the long-lasting impact of the genre's best.  Hell, can anyone under 50 even name two Dave Clark Five songs?  Yeah, me neither. But to be fair, I can understand why someone not very familiar with prog rock might be inclined to write it off as so much boring instrumental wankery and bastardized classical music pastiches.  But to paint an endlessly rich style of music with such a broad brush is not only lazy, it's downright inaccurate.  So to show that prog ain't all clinical sweep arpeggios and no heart, I've put together a mixtape to showcase the gentler side of the genre. What we've got...